Mary Cassatt is known primarily for her touching imagery of mothers and children. Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker who lived much of her adult life in France, where she met Edgar Degas and exhibited alongside the French Impressionists. Early in her career Cassatt faced gender discrimination in the mostly male-dominated ‘French Salon’ art world, but rose to a level of fame and acceptance through her association with Degas and the Independents. As her career progressed, she experimented with artistic trends while maintaining a strong sense of underlying compositional form. At the turn of the 20th century, Cassatt was influential in introducing French Impressionist paintings to American collectors.